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>And that's still contrary to the spirit of copyright legislation which is primarily intended to encourage creation and distribution of artistic works for the benefit of the general public. Copyright in this brave new multimedia world has become all about restriction and control.<

Copyright law is intended to allow the creator to retain control over their intellectual property. This encourages the creation and distribution of intellectual property by allowing the creator to derive economic benefits from the distribution of their property.

Copyright law is not intended to benefit the general public but is intended to benefit the creator of intellectual property. It is simply property rights.
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